[Editor’s note: Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask, who will serve as an analyst on CBS Sports Network’s pre-pregame show this year, recently put together 10 thoughts for Peter King’s TheMMQB.com. Her comments include a belief that the Redskins should change the team name and logo. We asked her to elaborate. So she did. Her submission to PFT appears below.]
In a column I recently wrote, I stated my belief that the Washington Redskins should make a powerful statement and change the team name and logo.
My belief is premised on the following: we should not consider skin color when interacting with any person or group of people; it is unacceptable to use a derogatory term when referring to any person or any group of people; and the word Redskins has been widely used throughout our history as a derogatory slur.
I understand that I do not speak on behalf of the Native American community — and I do not purport to do so. I speak on behalf of myself.
Try this. Substitute for the word Redskins another term which is, or was at any time, widely used as a derogatory slur.
I understand the business issues associated with changing a team name and logo. I understand that there are costs associated with changing a team name and logo. I understand that many fans will be bothered by a change in the team name and logo.
Sometimes, there are costs associated with doing something important.
As a society, we should seek to inspire people to be tolerant and respectful of others, regardless of our differences. Using Redskins as the name of an NFL team does not further this goal.
The Washington Redskins have an opportunity to encourage and to inspire. I hope the Redskins choose to do so.